The Liliendaal Community Development Group yesterday received a $1million cheque from Prime Minister and First Vice President Moses Nagamootoo, to enhance the community’s development initiatives.
The handing over took place at the community’s playground, Liliendaal Greater Georgetown, where the group members organised an afternoon of fun and games for the children of the area. The activity also saw the children receiving gifts, enjoying pony rides, jumping on the trampoline and having their faces painted.
According to Nagamootoo, this is the first time that an activity was held on the playground and, “in a sense we can say that some monies have been given to fence and secure the ground.”
He committed to working with the group to further develop the ground into a community meeting place, one where the youths can undertake meaningful recreational activities.
“We want to ensure that the young people are not involved in drugs, crime and all other non-productive activities and for them to move away from all the bad things that are happening,” he told the gathering. The community has an active football group.
He urged the group’s members to continue to pursue developmental initiatives for Liliendaal’s further advancement.
The group was first established in 1989 but became dormant, and according Haynes, it was resuscitated almost four years ago. The overall objectives of the group are to enhance the community of Liliendaal, empower the youths and to plan and organise activities to the benefit of the residents of the community. Currently the group has 24 active members.